Feb 23, 2011
Feb 21, 2011…Breaking news from the box offices… “The Last Lions” debuts taking $68,344 on four screens! “The Last Lions” are roaring across the country with great reviews! Congratulations to the filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert.
Click this link and 10 cents goes to The Last Lions: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/02/the-last-lions-film-review-five-years-to-save-the-wild-african-population.php
Manohla Dargis writes in The New York Times (Feb 18th) film review:
“One of the most urgent and certainly among the most beautifully shot documentaries to hit the big screen in recent memory, “The Last Lions” isn’t just another cute and fuzzy encounter session with a different species. It’s a pulse -quickening, tear-duct milking and outrageously dramatized story about the threats – wild-fires, chomping teeth, stampeding hooves and, worst of all, unseen humans – that face a female lion trying to protect her cubs”.
FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC:
Fifty years ago there were as many as 450,000 lions in Africa. Today there are as few as 20,000. When acclaimed natural history filmmakers and passionate conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert started sounding the alarm about these dwindling populations, National Geographic listened. The Last Lions is Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s new theatrical documentary from National Geographic Entertainment that follows the life of an ostracized lioness and her cubs as they fight to survive raging wildfires, marauding male lions, and a competitive pride of lionesses. Their only defense is to escape to Duba Island, a tiny enclave in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
The film was shot entirely on location, with Dereck filming and directing, and Beverly producing and capturing sound. Dereck wrote the narrative, and Beverly shot still photos that are featured in their accompanying book, The Last Lions (available at www.shopng.com).
Dereck and Beverly Joubert are a force of nature themselves; they have been filming, researching, and exploring in Africa for more than 25 years. Their coverage of predator behavior has resulted in 20 films, 6 books, and several articles for National Geographic magazine. They are pioneers in the field of wildlife filmmaking, and are National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence.
Take advantage of the many ways to tell your friends about this important film and the underlying call to action to support big cat conservation. There are a number of ways you can support the film. Here is a summary:
- On March 1 at 6 p.m. EST, the Jouberts will host an hour-long segment on the shopping channel ShopNBC to talk about big cats. 100 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of their books, prints, and Cause an Uproar apparel on ShopNBC will benefit the Big Cats Initiative. You will also be able to watch this segment online, live, or recorded, on the ShopNBC website.
- The film’s website, thelastlions.com, has links to the Cause an Uproar site, as well as theater listings and a wealth of information about the film and the filmmakers.
- Film trailer donation program: Go to YouTube to watch the film’s trailer. For every view, National Geographic is donating $0.10 toward big cat conservation in Botswana.
- Sweepstakes: Botswana Tourism and National Geographic Expeditions have teamed up on a sweepstakes offer for a trip for two to Botswana. Enter here.
- Mobile App (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-last-lions/id417180618?mt=8): Take an Urban Safari with your friends and family! Take photos of yourself and others smack dab in the middle of a variety of scenes from the movie, then share via email or Facebook. See some sample photos from our Nat Geo Movies’ staff on the film’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thelastlions.
- Mobile Texting program: Text LIONS to 50555 to donate $10 to our Big Cats Initiative. This messaging is on the end of the film, as well as on a number of other platforms.